Scriptures: Since I am in Christ, by the Grace of God
This list of scriptures came from a photocopy that’s probably been photocopied a hundred times. I’m not even sure where I first got it or who put it together!
Our identity in Christ is the foundation of so much in the Christian walk. I pray that these scriptures are helpful for you in your youth ministry, as you prepare youth group messages, and especially as you spend one-on-one time with students.
I have been justified-completely forgiven and made righteous (Romans 5:1).
I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule over my life (Romans 6:1-6).
I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1).
I have been placed into Christ by God’s doing (1 Corinthians 1:30).
I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things freely given to me by God (1 Corinthians 2:12).
I have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). I have been bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ, and I have been given the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come (2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13-14).
Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
I have been made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life (Galatians 2:20).
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3).
I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and am without blame before Him (Ephesians 1:4).
I was predestined to be adopted as God’s son (Ephesians 1:5).
I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish grace.
I have been made alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven (Ephesians 2:6).
I have direct access to God through the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18).
I may approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).
I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13).
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been canceled (Colossians 1:14).
Christ Himself is in me (Colossians 1:27).
I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built in Him (Colossians 2:7).
I have been spiritually circumcised. My old unregenerate nature has been removed (Colossians 2:11).
I have been made complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).
I have been buried, raised and made alive with Christ (Colossians 2:12-13).
I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My life is now hidden with Christ in God. Christ is now my life (Colossians 3:1-4).
I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
I have been saved and set apart according to God’s doing (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5).
Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed to call me brother (Hebrews 2:11).
I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and grace in the time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
I am God's temple, and His spirit lives in me (1 Corinthians 3:16).
I am part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am the son of God, baptized into Christ and clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:26-27).
I am no longer a slave, but a son, and the Spirit of God that calls out "Abba, Father," is in my heart (Galatians 4:4-7).
I am God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance (Ephesians 2:10).
My citizenship is in heaven and I eagerly away a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).
I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure." (1 John 3:1-3)
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)
"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)
Three years ago, Nate started Called to Youth Ministry with a desire to equip and support youth pastors. It started after he noticed a trend of people with a passion for students "go it alone" for too long and otherwise burn out, without a friend or mentor to stand by them. Now the ministry hosts online training and networking groups that leaders can join from anywhere in the world. Youth ministers from California to Florida to the UK have already benefited from the coaching, community and prayer support these groups provide.
Two year ago, Nate also started an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) company with a desire to feed his family. Now he enjoys balancing the two and being able to use the business to support his ministry habit.
Nate lives with his beautiful wife, Christa, and rambunctious two-year-old son, Josiah, in Lake Geneva, WI.